It is getting to that time of the year when boys have the idea that it is now the time for Christmas festivities to commence. Rest assured that as far as we are concerned, and certainly not wanting to be Scrooge’s, there is much academic work to be covered before said festivities begin.
Boys are reminded that preps still need to be completed and handed in on time. Post examinations, we also remind boys that they need to see the relevant staff member should they need assistance in any topic that they found particularly challenging on the question paper. It is best to get the problem remediated sooner than later.
Thank you to all the Year 8 parents who attended the recent parent evenings in The Studio.  If you could not attend and would like some feedback from subject teachers, do feel free to contact the teacher directly.
Enjoy your weekend.

Christmas Fayre – 8 December 2023
As you are probably aware, we are trying something new this year – The New Beacon Christmas Fayre will be run by the boys in Years 5-8 and Santa’s Grotto will be run by the NBPA.  All boys attending the Fayre must bring in £5 or an unused Fun Card (leftover from the Summer Fete) and hand to their class teacher on the morning of the Christmas Fayre, Friday,  8 December. In return for their £5 they will be given a Fun Card to spend on the game stalls.  Please see the poster below and check your parent emails for more information:

Christmas Fayre Poster 2023


Christmas Card
Our first delivery of Christmas Cards and items has just arrived from the printers, please do not worry if part or all of your order does not come home today, there is a second delivery arriving next week.


Games – Rugby
Details of upcoming fixtures are below; please do ensure your sons have their gumshields with them for all training and matches. Please note that for any Saturday fixtures, permission for absence must be sought by parents from Mrs Brownsdon, copying in your team coach. Additionally, for this weekend, those boys who are selected for both Saturday and Monday fixtures should avoid playing club rugby matches on Sunday.

  • Saturday 25 November
    • Cumnor House Sussex Festival (from 9.30 a.m. till c11.30 a.m./12.00 p.m.)
    • Please either travel direct, or request a minibus seat (meeting at The New Beacon Centre at 8.15 a.m.) – please advise your team coach how you will travel.
      • U13A (ARO)
      • U12A (MOP)
  • Monday 27 November
    • U13 IAPS Qualifiers at Brighton College
    • Departing school c10.00 a.m., returning c6.00 p.m.


Y7 Paris Trip 2024
A reminder to parents of all boys who are coming to Paris next June that the second deposit payment of £80 is now due, for those who have not yet paid, or who have not paid in full. Please use the same payment reference as the initial deposit. Thank you.


Y8 Bluewater Christmas Shopping Trip
There is less than two weeks to go and we’re off on our annual visit to Bluewater for some Christmas shopping with the Y8 cohort. Thank you for getting all the reply forms sent back well in advance of the due date.
Reminder of the timings:
Departure from The New Beacon at 2.30 p.m.
Return to The New Beacon at 6.45 p.m.


Christmas Jumper Swap
As we start to look towards the festive season, we shall be holding our Christmas Jumper swap again this year. From Monday, 27 November, please bring in your Christmas Jumpers that no longer fit any members of the family. Then from Monday, 4 December we shall be selling them for £5 to raise money for Save the Children charity and help everyone to wear a Christmas Jumper for our Christmas Jumper Days at the end of term. Please click here for more details.


Current Year 7 –  Trip to Ypres
As part of the History curriculum, on Tuesday, 1 October 2024 we will depart for a three-day trip to visit Ypres and return early evening on Thursday, 3 October 2024.  If you wish your son to take part in the trip, please complete the form here and return it to Mr Vincent as soon as possible.  Closing date is Monday, 4 December 2023.


St George’s Chapel Advent Service
On Friday, 1 December at 4.45pm we will hold our last chapel service of the term here at The New Beacon before we head to Tonbridge School for the carol service the following week. Next Friday we welcome Rev Mark Bridgen back to The New Beacon to speak at our Advent Service. Mark leads the team at St Mary’s Kippington and we look forward to hearing from him as we celebrate the beginning of the festive season. Families and friends are welcome to attend as always.


Drop off / Collection Times
Please ensure you drop off and collect your sons at the correct times. Boys arriving before 8:00am should be booked into early morning/breakfast club (arrivals prior to this cannot be supervised and therefore boys cannot come into the Central Area, JS Street/Library, School Room or their Form Rooms until 8:00am). We have had a number of boys arriving very early recently and roaming the building.  If your son is staying later than the usual end to the school day, he must be attending a booked activity, Pre-Prep Activities Club or JS Prep Club (both need to be booked whilst Prep for Years 5-8 does not). If staying later than this, he must be booked into After School Club.  The collection point for Pre-Prep After School Club is the Nursery Gate, please do not go through the Central Area.

Please remember to sign younger brothers into the Pre-Prep Activities Club until the older brother collects them.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.


Dangers of Engine Idling Poster Competition
We are delighted to be running an initiative put forward by our Eco Committee with regards to engine idling.  We are asking boys to produce an A4 poster highlighting the negative aspects of engine idling.  Please bring these to Mr Hutchison or electronic copies can be emailed to him on The deadline for posters is Friday, 1 December.

A winner from each class will be selected and have their design blown up to an A3 poster that will be weather proofed and placed around the school where cars tend to be static. These will hopefully serve as reminders for parents of the harms of engine idling.

Posters might say “save petrol, turn off your engines when stationary,” or “particles in petrol harm children’s lungs” and so on.

Please see the three video links below for more information on the dangers of engine idling. These will hopefully create a discussion and kick start the process of developing the posters.  In addition we will be discussing this at assembly and in class.  We would ask for your help in this.

A few helpful facts:

  • Running an engine unnecessarily while stationary: pollutes the environment, costs money and is illegal under Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
  • An idling engine produces twice as many exhaust emissions than an engine in motion.
  • The Royal College of Physicians estimate 40,000 deaths in the UK are linked to air pollution; engine idling contributes to this.
  • It is illegal to engine idle outside schools.
  • Idling for 10 seconds wastes more fuel than restarting your engine.
  • Exhaust emissions contain air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, hydrocarbons and particles that are so small they enter the lungs. Young children are particularly vulnerable as young lungs are developing.


Stonepitts farm Christmas Trees 2023
As in previous years, Stonepitts farm would like to offer a £2.00 donation to The New Beacon for every tree that is bought by families and staff. Please present a copy of this article when buying a tree and this will count towards the final donation to the school. For details and directions please visit

Supporting charities: A donation will also be made by Stonepitts Farm to Demelza Hospice care for children for every tree sold.

Mr Knipe
Head of Senior School